Once upon a time, a group of artists and writers published a journal in Roanoke called Artemis. Magazine co-founder Jeri Rogers calls it “the only publication that chronicles the art and writing of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”
The annual Artemis Journal ceased publication in 1995 after an 18-year run. A new issue appeared in 2000, part of a purported revival that didn’t take flight.
Yet the artistic community that surrounded the magazine has been waxing nostalgic about it in the years since. “We miss it,” Rogers said.
And because of that, she’s decided to bring it back. “I thought it was the right time.”
The reopened journal is seeking poetry and photography submissions with a theme that relates to “our connection to nature,” Rogers said, with a Jan. 31 deadline. Those selected will be published alongside the work of award-winning author and Virginia Tech professor Nikki Giovanni , who has agreed to be the guest poet for the May 2014 comeback issue. Roanoke artist Sam Krisch will be the guest photographer.